Friday, 26 August 2016

Ramsdale Park, Tuesday 23 August

Duncan and I made another visit to Ramsdale, setting the usual line of 8x18m nets. The forecast was for a cloudy start but then sun and getting very hot. The cloud never appeared so we had clear skies from the start but thankfully very little wind. As the sun got higher it certainly got hotter and despite the catching rate starting well it died off quickly as the temperature climbed.

In total we ended with a catch of 45 including 3 retraps, made up of (new/retrap): Blackbird 4/0, Wren 2/0, Dunnock 2/0, Robin 2/0, Blackcap 7/1, Garden Warbler 1/0, Chiffchaff 5/1, Willow Warbler 5/0, Whitethroat 4/1, Blue Tit 1/0, Great Tit 4/0, Bullfinch 5/0. The retraps were all recently ringed birds.

No surprises but still a high ratio of adults to juveniles being caught, including 4 of the 5 Willow Warblers! A Spotted Flycatcher decided to use the top of the trees at the lower end of the net line to catch flies from, great to see but a pity it didn’t drop a little lower.

Kev

Monday, 22 August 2016

Holme Pierrepont, Sunday 21 August

Gary, Duncan, Sue and I held a ringing session at the Blott’s end of Holme Pierrepont today. We were also joined by Pete Leonard, it was good to do some ringing with him again. The forecast had again predicted strong winds and after Saturday’s battering I was not very optimistic about getting a decent catch. However, this time the forecast was wrong but in our favour, it was a little breezy to start and it did increase as the morning progressed but it was not as strong as forecast and with mostly overcast skies we did pretty well.

We ended with a catch of 81 including just 2 retraps, made up of (new/retrap): Blackbird 2/1, Wren 1/1, Robin 2/0, Blackcap 16/0, Garden Warbler 5/0, Whitethroat 9/0, Lesser Whitethroat 4/0, Chiffchaff 9/0, Willow Warbler 5/0, Reed Warbler 11/0, Blue Tit 4/0, Great Tit 1/0, Long-tailed Tit 6/0, Bullfinch 3/0, Reed Bunting 1/0. The oldest retrap was a Blackbird from 2010 that we had not previously recaptured.

Three Swifts passed overhead and a quite a few hirundines. A couple of Oystercatchers and a Greenshank flew over and the Goldfinch flock visiting the thistle patches numbered well over 100 at times.

Kev

This Speckled Wood was one of very few butterflies that battled to get going in the cool conditions. (Sue Lakeman)

Monday, 15 August 2016

Ramsdale Park, Sunday 14 August

Jim, Sue, Duncan, Amelia and I made another visit to Ramsdale setting the usual line of 8x18m nets plus an extra 6x12m nets. Conditions were perfect, no wind and overcast overcast skies for all the session. Catching was steady all morning because of the conditions and we had a couple of surprise first captures at the site: a Reed Warbler and a Jay.

In total we ended with a catch of 101 including 5 retraps, made up of (new/retrap): Blackbird 4/1, Wren 2/0, Robin 11/0, Reed Warbler 1/0, Blackcap 18/1, Garden Warbler 2/0, Chiffchaff 15/1, Willow Warbler 17/0, Whitethroat 11/1, Lesser Whitethroat 2/0, Blue Tit 3/0, Treecreeper 1/0, Bullfinch 5/0, Linnet 3/1, Jay 1/0.

The oldest retraps were last years birds, including a returning Chiffchaff. A good catch in perfect conditions but last year on the 11 August in not quite as good conditions Jim and I had a catch of 151 with just the 8x18m nets up!

Kev





 Photos by Amelia Reddish

Holme Pierrepont, Friday 12 August

Jim, Gary, Duncan and I held a weather affected ringing session at the Grange end of Holme Pierrepont today. The forecast had predicted strong winds and despite starting relatively calm the wind soon picked up and with full sun this prompted an early finish. No doubt the catch was reduced by the conditions but the site seemed very quiet and Reed Warblers were in very low numbers in the reed bed. We ended with a catch of 41 including 6 retraps, made up of (new/retrap): Blackbird 1/0, Dunnock 1/0, Wren 4/0, Robin 2/2, Blackcap 7/0, Garden Warbler 3/0, Chiffchaff 2/0, Reed Warbler 8/0, Blue Tit 6/0, Great Tit 0/1, Long-tailed Tit 0/2, Bullfinch 1/1. The oldest retraps were from 2014.

Kev

Holme Pierrepont, Friday 5 August

Gary and I made another visit to the Blott’s end of Holme Pierrepont. We limited the nets again with just the two of us but in fine and bright conditions we were satisfied with a catch of 63 birds plus a brood of 5 Goldfinch chicks - they had nested in one of the net rides.

The catch included only 4 retraps, the birds seem to be moving through the site quickly. The catch was made up of (new/retrap): Green Woodpecker 1/0, Dunnock 1/1, Wren 2/1, Robin 1/0, Blackcap 6/1, Whitethroat 5/1, Lesser Whitethroat 3/0, Garden Warbler 2/0, Chiffchaff 2/0, Willow Warbler 4/0, Reed Warbler 20/0, Sedge Warbler 1/0, Blue Tit 1/0, Long-tailed Tit 3/0, Goldfinch 5 (plus 5 pulli)/0, Reed Bunting 2/0. The retraps were all recently ringed birds.

Kev

Tuesday, 2 August 2016

Grey Heron re-sighting

A Grey Heron colour-ringed as a chick at Attenborough Nature Reserve on 4 May 2014 has been photographed alive and well in Staffordshire. It was at Minster Pool in Litchfield on 9 July 2016 and this is about 47km away. This is the second live re-sighting of one of our birds. Thanks very much to Nigel Northwood for finding and photographing the bird and Scott Petrek for getting in touch.


Ramsdale Park, Sunday 31 July

Gary, Alex and I made another visit to Ramsdale, setting the usual line of 8x18m nets. Conditions were very good with virtually no wind and overcast overcast skies to start. Catching was steady but again nets at the top of the slope caught more than those at the bottom. In total we ended with a catch of 55 including 8 retraps, made up of (new/retrap): Blackbird 1/0, Dunnock 1/1, Wren 2/1, Blackcap 8/2, Garden Warbler 2/0, Chiffchaff 11/0, Willow Warbler 2/0, Whitethroat 4/2, Blue Tit 1/1, Bullfinch 4/1, Chaffinch 2/0, Linnet 9/0.

The oldest retraps were last year's birds. Not as many warblers as I would have expected but both Blackcap and Whitethroat were caught with equal numbers of adults and juveniles, at this time of year I would expect a ratio showing considerably more juveniles. It's possible that the poor summer weather may have caused many breeding attempts to fail.

Kev

 juvenile Linnet (A. Phillips)

Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Holme Pierrepont, Saturday 23 July

Tom, Gary and I made the second visit of the year to the Blott’s end of Holme Pierrepont. With a small team again we limited the number of nets that we put up. The conditions were a bit too bright with full sun from the start but no breeze. The catch was again relatively small as expected with the limited number of nets but started well, tailing off quickly as the sun got higher.

I had been asked a while ago by Lynda Milner, our local BTO rep if we could help with a request she'd had from Patricia Gammons in West Bridgford. The Father at her local Catholic Church was celebrating 40 years in the priesthood. He is quite a keen birder and she thought that, among other things and as a surprise and a present from his flock, he would really enjoy and be interested in watching a group of ringers at work. I was happy to oblige and we were joined for a while today by Father Michael. Fortunately we managed to catch a good range of birds whilst he was with us, he was very interested in what we did and had the opportunity to handle a few species of birds. It was nice to receive this email from him later:

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Kevin,

Thank you so much for allowing me to join you at the Bird Ringing this morning. I found it absolutely fascinating! I was so impressed by the knowledge and patience that you, Gary and Tom showed as well. It is a beautiful spot and I really could have spent hours there watching you work! Also to be able to handle the Woodpecker and the Goldfinch was quite amazing as well.

Thank you again, and carry on the good work!

With every kind wish,

Fr. Michael

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Thanks also to Patricia, who kindly made a donation to group funds for helping out.

We ended with a catch of 50 including 2 retraps, made up of (new/retrap): Great Spotted Woodpecker 1/0, Blackbird 2/0, Dunnock 3/0, Wren 5/0, Robin 3/0, Blackcap 7/0, Whitethroat 2/0, Garden Warbler 2/0, Chiffchaff 2/0, Willow Warbler 4/0, Reed Warbler 8/2, Cetti’s Warbler 1/0, Blue Tit 1/0, Goldfinch 2/0, Bullfinch 5/0. The retraps were both recently ringed Reed Warblers.

Kev

Attenborough breeding birds, Thursday 21 July

Phil, Pete S, Mick P and I had another session catching Sand Martins at the Attenborough colony today. We caught 19 Sand Martins, all but 1 were adults and 8 were recaptures – of these 8 there were:
  • 1 of this year's pulli
  • 2 of last year's pulli
  • 2 adults ringed earlier this year
  • 1 was a bird originally ringed at Newthorpe Sewage Farm by Mick in 2014 as a juvenile
  • 1 British control.
  • 1 French control.
Pete S, Mick P and I, along with a Trust volunteer then went to check on the Cormorant nests and the Tern platforms, this resulted in the following being ringed:
  • 2 Cormorant pulli, 
  • 1 Black-headed Gull pullus on Coneries Pond
  • 19 Common Tern pulli on Main Pond

At least 3 other Cormorant nests still had eggs that were being incubated.

Kev

Monday, 18 July 2016

Holme Pierrepont, Sunday 17 July

Sue, Gary and I made the first visit of the year to the Blott’s end of Holme Pierrepont. With such a small team and all the rides to clear we put up just 6 nets but did clear the rides for all the other nets.

The conditions were a bit bright with the patchy cloud cover clearing to full sun and an increasing breeze. The catch was relatively small as expected with the limited number of nets. We ended with a catch of 36 including 1 retrap, made up of (new/retrap): Blackbird 1/0, Dunnock 2/0, Wren 4/0, Robin 4/0, Blackcap 6/0, Whitethroat 1/0, Lesser Whitethroat 1/0, Chiffchaff 4/0, Willow Warbler 2/0, Reed Warbler 9/1, Blue Tit 1/0. The only retrap was a Reed Warbler from 2013.

Kev


Photos by Sue Lakeman

Ramsdale Park Golf Club, Friday 15 July

Gary and I made the first summer visit to Ramsdale setting the usual line of 8x18m nets. Conditions were good with a light but increasing breeze and generally overcast skies, with a few minutes of drizzle at one point.

Catching was steady but the nets at the top of the slope caught more than those at the bottom, the opposite of what generally occurred last year. In total we ended with a catch of 45 including 5 retraps, made up of (new/retrap): Blackbird 4/1, Dunnock 4/0, Wren 5/0, Robin 1/0, Blackcap 4/1, Garden Warbler 1/0, Chiffchaff 5/1, Willow Warbler 4/0, Whitethroat 1/0, Blue Tit 3/0, Great Tit 2/0, Coal Tit 3/0, Bullfinch 2/1, Greenfinch 1/0, Linnet 0/1. The oldest retraps, as you would expect from a site first operated a year ago, were last year's birds.

Kev

Tuesday, 12 July 2016

Holme Pierrepont, Sunday 10 July

We had another visit to the Grange end of Holme Pierrepont on Sunday. The forecast suggested it would be too windy but the morning started quite calm, the wind picking up later and forcing an early finish. The team consisted of Gary, Tom and myself, Duncan also joined us later on. The catch was small until we took down, when one net site produced a Long-tailed Tit flock along with a few other Tits and warblers adding 23 to the days catch.

In total we ended with a catch of 56 including 13 retraps, made up of (new/retrap): Blackbird 0/2, Dunnock 1/1, Wren 3/0, Robin 1/2, Blackcap 8/0, Garden Warbler 1/0, Chiffchaff 2/0, Willow Warbler 3/1, Reed Warbler 6/2, Blue Tit 6/0, Great Tit 2/0, Long-tailed Tit 9/4, Treecreeper 1/0, Reed Bunting 0/1. The oldest retrap was a Blackbird from 2013.

Kev

Tuesday, 5 July 2016

Holme Pierrepont, Sunday 3 July

We were back at the Grange end of Holme Pierrepont on Sunday after finishing at Attenborough last week. Thankfully there had been little disturbance at the site. The weather was quite calm and mostly sunny but the breeze did pick up slightly later. The team consisted of Gary, Alex, Sue, Dave, Nabegh (on a passing visit) and myself.

The catch was fairly steady but it did take quite a bit of ride clearance to get the nets up first thing. We ended with a catch of 65 including 12 retraps, made up of (new/retrap): Green Woodpecker 0/1, Blackbird 1/0, Dunnock 2/2, Wren 1/0, Robin 7/0, Blackcap 6/1, Garden Warbler 4/0, Chiffchaff 1/0, Reed Warbler 13/6, Sedge Warbler 1/0, Whitethroat 1/0, Cetti’s Warbler 1/0, Blue Tit 3/0, Great Tit 1/0, Long-tailed Tit 10/0, Bullfinch 0/1, Reed Bunting 1/0.

The oldest retrap was a Dunnock from 2011. The Green Woodpecker was ringed as a juvenile last year. There were very few Chiffchaffs and Willow Warblers around but Reed Warblers seem to be in better numbers than last year. A Hobby passed by early on and Buzzards were around all morning.

Kev




 Photos by Dave Walker

Monday, 4 July 2016

Recent Recoveries

Just two Barn Owl recoveries this time round, with a bird ringed at the nest in Gotham in June 2014 being found up near Doncaster in February this year as a road casualty on the M1. Another bird killed on the roads was found in Norwell at the end of June. This bird had originally been ringed as a juvenile, in nearby Caunton, in October 2008.

A good scattering of passerine recoveries have come through:

A Robin, ringed during the CES at Attenborough in 2015, was taken by a cat in Beeston in May. A Chaffinch met the same fate in Lowdham at the end of June, having originally been ringed in January 2015 at Brackenhurst.

Another CES bird, a Bullfinch, ringed in June 2015, also met its end in Beeston, flying into a window in June this year.

In more positive news, a Great tit, ringed in Jim's garden in Sibthorpe on New Year's day, has been seen attending a nest of 7 young in the village, on a nest-cam.

A Chiffchaff, ringed at Holme Pierrepont in August 2015, was controlled by ringers at Spurn in April this year.

A Reed Warbler from Holme Pierrepont, ringed in July 2014, has also been controlled recently, being trapped at Marsh Lane NR in the West Midlands at the end of May.

A Goldfinch, originally ringed in October 2015, in Menston, W Yorks, was controlled by the group at Shelton in January.

A Mute Swan had its colour rings read at Attenborough at the end of April, and had originally been ringed in 2010 by Sorby Breck ringers in Markeaton, Derbys.

Finally a couple of old records...

An Oystercatcher, ringed by the group on a trip to the Loch of Mey in 1988, has been resighted in Norway, 28 years later, a decent recovery, but still 12 years off the longevity record!

A Grey Heron, ringed in 1992 as a chick in the now-defunct Heronry at Branshill Wood over the river from Attenborough, has been found dead in floodwater on the River Soar in Leicestershire this May. This does break the longevity record at a little over 24 years.

Tom

Monday, 27 June 2016

Attenborough CES Visit 6, Sunday 26 June

We carried out the last CES visit of the season on Sunday. The weather forecast was totally wrong: having said it would be dry all morning, rain started before we had got the last of the nets up and showers continued until mid-morning. There was a light wind first thing and it did pick up slightly later. The team consisted of Gary, Pete, Alex, Tom, Sue and myself.

The catch was slow to start, no doubt because of the wet conditions, but things picked up as the morning progressed. We ended with a catch of 32 made up of: Blackbird 1/0, Dunnock 1/2, Wren 2/1, Robin 1/0, Blackcap 6/0, Chiffchaff 2/1, Reed Warbler 2/2, Blue Tit 4/0, Great Tit 1/2, Treecreeper 0/1, Bullfinch 2/0.

The oldest retraps were a Reed Warbler and Great Tit from 2012. This year gave us our best ever totals in the current CES nets but despite this, we did not catch any Garden Warblers. We started to ring on the Delta in Attenborough in 1994 and this is the only year since we started that Garden Warblers have been absent from our catch.

Kev

 Treecreeper (Tom Shields)